08 January 2018

Small town challenge: Small towns report card: Access to services.

The report card ranks Australia's progress in providing essential professional services to residents of small towns in Australia over a thirty-year period from 1981 to 2011. The report card recorded a fail grade for access to several professionals, including preschool teachers, dentists and psychologists. In contrast, access to a general practitioner has increased from 14% in 1981 to 18% in 2011. The report card also rates access to a social welfare worker, paramedic, police officer, primary and secondary school teachers and a nurse.